Several Danish media outlets have reported that Denmark will completely cease administering AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine over safety concerns. Denmark is the first EU country to permanently discontinue the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine.
The decision was made after evaluating a rare side effect from the vaccine, which causes blood clots in people who receive the vaccine.
Last week, the European Union’s drug watchdog said it had found a possible link between the vaccine and blood clot cases. While the risk of dying from Covid-19 is “much greater” than the risk of dying from blood clots, health officials have decided on not taking any chances.
The Danish Health Authority director Soren Brostrom said that Denmark “follows a precautionary principle” in regards to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Brostrom said joint studies based on Danish and Norwegian health data estimated that one in 40,000 people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot could expect to experience this serious complication.
Removing the AstraZeneca vaccine from its campaign will delay the country’s vaccine efforts by up to four weeks.